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DOE’s HyStEP device will accelerate hydrogen refueling station commissioning

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The Hydrogen Station Equipment Performance device ( HyStEP ) ( earlier post ), developed by US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), could reduce the time to commission new hydrogen refueling stations from months to just one week. The primary purpose of the HyStEP Device is to be used by a certification agency to measure the performance of hydrogen dispensers with respect to the required fueling protocol standard.

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Long-Range Electric VW Microbus Concept To Debut At CES

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The rumor of an electric Volkswagen Bus concept to be shown at next month's Consumer Electronics Show first appeared in September, just before the VW diesel emission scandal erupted. In the wake of a pledge to boost its vehicle electrification efforts, Volkswagen has now confirmed that it will show a concept for an electric Microbus at CES. CES plug-in cars Consumer Electronics Show Volkswagen Bulli Concept Microbus

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Linde hydrogen fueling system surpasses one million fills at BMW South Carolina plant

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Hydrogen fueling stations using Linde technology have surpassed more than 1,000,000 fills for the fuel-cell driven material handling equipment at the BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This is the most hydrogen fills at a single location anywhere in the world. While Linde hydrogen fueling systems involve very sophisticated technology, the filling operation is designed to be relatively simple and is much like putting gasoline into your car.

Hyundai and Kia license Paice’s hybrid vehicle technology, ending litigation

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Paice has reached an agreement to license all of its hybrid vehicle technology to Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. Paice has now licensed all or part of its hybrid vehicle technology portfolio to Toyota, Hyundai/Kia, and Ford. These three companies currently account for 90% of all hybrid vehicle sales in the United States. The confidential licensing agreement with Hyundai and Kia brings an end to all litigation between the companies.

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Torotrak introduces new technologies to enhance V-Charge variable supercharger

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Torotrak Group presented new technologies for low-cost, high efficiency drive systems at the Berlin CTI symposium and exposition. These developments will allow Torotrak’s V-Charge variable supercharging technology ( earlier post ) to compete with the latest boosting solutions coming to market, but without their integration challenges.

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San Francisco switches city fleet to Neste NEXBTL renewable diesel

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Neste’s NEXBTL renewable diesel is now being used by the City and County of San Francisco, California. San Francisco announced December 11, 2015 that the City and County of San Francisco has completely ended its use of petroleum diesel in the City’s fleet and replaced it with renewable diesel. This switch from petroleum diesel to renewable diesel will achieve a 50% greenhouse gas emissions reduction in the city’s diesel fleet.

SwRI-led AC2AT consortium launches second year of advanced emissions research with focus on improving aftertreatment and fuel efficiency strategies

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The Advanced Combustion Catalyst and Aftertreatment Technologies ( AC 2 AT ) consortium, led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), will focus on four research projects in its second year. Earlier post.).

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Achates OPGCI project targeting 50% fuel efficiency gains over downsized GDI engine at reduced cost

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Achates Power will work with Delphi Automotive and Argonne National Laboratory on its ARPA-E-funded project to develop an innovative opposed-piston, gasoline compression ignition (OPGCI) engine. Earlier post.) The engine should yield fuel efficiency gains of more than 50% compared to a downsized, turbo-charged gasoline direct injection engine, while reducing the overall cost of the powertrain system, said Fabien Redon, Vice President, Technology Development at Achates Power.

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AVL and Westport partner to deliver next-generation HPDI technology for natural gas engines

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Westport Innovations and AVL have entered into an agreement to deliver next-generation High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI) natural gas technology. Earlier post.). This agreement enables Westport and AVL to leverage Westport’s proprietary HPDI 2.0 natural gas technology, along with AVL’s engine and powertrain development capabilities, proprietary techniques and global market reach, for timely delivery of solutions to OEMs.

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Port of Seattle partners with Alaska Airlines and Boeing to supply sustainable aviation biofuel at Sea-Tac Airport

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The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines and Boeing are partnering to move toward powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable aviation biofuel. Sea-Tac is the first US airport to lay out a long-term roadmap to incorporate aviation biofuel into its infrastructure in a cost-effective, efficient manner.

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Hydrogen from biomethane; gasoline & diesel from tree residue; cellulosic ethanol among new proposed California LCFS fuel pathways

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California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff posted 32 new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications for comments at the LCFS website. Among the multiple applications for different processing pathways of corn or sorghum ethanol are four pathways from LytEn for hydrogen produced from biomethane; four pathways for renewable gasoline and diesel produced from tree residue from Ensyn; and one application for cellulosic ethanol using corn stover feedstock from POET.

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Sandia, ASU collaborate on algae computational modeling, look for algae pond predators

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Sandia National Laboratories and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to improve computational models of algae growth in raceway ponds that can predict performance, improve pond design and operation and discover ways to improve algae yield outdoors. In addition, Sandia and ASU will further develop spectro-radiometric techniques to monitor optically the growth and health of algae pond cultivation in real-time and to detect early warnings of predators and pathogens in outdoor algal ponds.

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Gevo alcohol-to-jet fuel advancing through certification process

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Gevo, Inc. provided a brief update on the certification process related to its alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) product. Earlier post.). The ASTM D02.J6 subcommittee met on 9 December to discuss the revision of ASTM D7566 to include alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK). The data is being revised based on the feedback from the ATJ-SPK Taskforce.

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Infiniti introducing new advanced 3.0L V6 twin-turbo engines for 2016 Q50; up to 6.7% improvement in fuel efficiency

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Infiniti has developed a new advanced compact and lightweight 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine which is making its debut in a 400 hp configuration for the new 2016 Infiniti Q50, which will premiere at the North American International Auto Show in January.

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Researchers synthesize borophene, expanding family of 2-D materials beyond graphene

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A team of scientists from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University and Stony Brook University has, for the first time, synthesized a two-dimensional sheet of boron—borophene—by depositing elemental boron onto a silver surface under ultra-high vacuum conditions. Borophene is a honeycomb of boron atoms, with each hexagon capped by another boron atom. The study is published in Science.

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Volkswagen of America retains Ken Feinberg to design and administer claims program for TDI emissions compliance issue

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Volkswagen of America has retained attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg, managing partner of The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg , PC, to design and to administer an independent claims resolution program to address claims related to the 2.0L and 3.0L TDI vehicles affected by the emissions compliance issue.

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DOE BETO seeking input on Optima initiative for co-optimization of fuels and engines

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The US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) have released a request for information (RFI) ( DE-FOA-0001460 ) titled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines” (Optima). The Optima program is a key collaborative initiative being pursued by EERE, VTO, and BETO. The Optima initiative is focused on the development of new fuels and engine architectures that are co-optimized—i.e.,

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German KBA ratifies fixes for Volkswagen 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0L diesels; implementation begins in January

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After a review, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has fully ratified the measures proposed by Volkswagen to address the NO x emissions issues in Europe for the 1.2-liter EA189 diesels as well as the 1.6- and 2.0-liter versions. Earlier post.) The vehicle owners will shortly be informed about the next steps. Volkswagen will begin implementation right at the start of 2016. The 1.2-liter and 2.0-liter engines will get a software update. Labor time will be just under half an hour.

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Volkswagen Group appoints new heads of Global R&D, Group Design, Group Product and Modular Toolkit Strategy

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The Volkswagen Group is continuing its restructuring in the aftermath of the diesel engine emissions scandal. The number of top managers reporting directly to the CEO has been almost halved, and new appointments to several posts will take effect in the first quarter of 2016. hese structural changes speed up the decision-making process, reduce complexity and increase efficiency.

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$12B EV deal: NEVS to provide Panda with 150K 9-3 EVs through 2020, 100K other EV products and services

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden ( NEVS ) and the Chinese company Panda New Energy Co., have signed a strategic collaboration agreement under which NEVS will provide Panda with 150,000 9-3 sedan electric vehicles through the end of 2020. In addition, the agreement also includes 100,000 other EV products and services from companies associated to NEVS and its owners. The total value of the agreement is 78 billion RMB (US$12 billion).

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Toyota to boost investment in AI by strengthening relationship with Preferred Networks

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With the aim of promoting the joint research and development of artificial intelligence technologies in mobility-related fields, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has decided to invest in Preferred Networks Inc. ( PFN ). The investment will amount to ¥1 billion (US$8.2 million), and Toyota will receive stock in PFN through the allocation of new shares to a third party as of 30 December 2015.

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Evonik and Graz University team discover enzyme system for production of 1-alkenes

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Researchers at Evonik Industries, in cooperation with scientists at Graz University, have discovered an enzymatic pathway to produce 1-alkenes such as propene (C 3 H 6 ) and 1-butene (C 4 H 8 ). Alkenes are unsaturated hydrocarbons with at least one carbon-carbon bond; such hydrocarbon compounds are key substances used in the chemical industry.

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New gasoline Endurance V8 with VVEL and DIG to power Nissan Titan full-size pickups

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A new 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine will be available in the all-new Titan and Titan XD full-size pickup trucks. The engine features four-valves per cylinder; Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL); and Direct Injection, and is rated at 390 hp (291 kW) @ 5,800 rpm and 401 lb-ft (544 N·m) of torque @ 4,000 rpm. The gasoline-powered engine joins the award-winning Cummins 5.0L

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Purdue, EPFL team propose Hydricity concept for integrated co-production of H2 and electricity from solar thermal energy

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Researchers from Purdue University and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland are proposing a new integrated process involving the co-production of hydrogen and electricity from solar thermal energy—a concept they label “hydricity”. They describe their proposal in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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New GaN diodes can serve as building blocks for future GaN power switches

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A team of engineers from Cornell University, the University of Notre Dame and the semiconductor company IQE has created gallium nitride (GaN) power diodes capable of serving as the building blocks for future GaN power switches—with applications spanning nearly all electronics products and electricity distribution infrastructures including electric motors, power adapters, solar power plants, and smart grids.

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Ford to begin autonomous vehicle testing on California roads; Silicon Valley Lab accelerates Smart Mobility Plan

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Fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid sedans will begin testing on California streets next year, as Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto continues growing. Ford is officially enrolled in the California Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program to test autonomous vehicles on public roads.

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Report finds comparable safety records for railways and pipelines moving crude oil

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Railways and pipelines are equally safe means of transporting crude oil, according to a report comparing safety data for each mode. The report— Canadian Crude Oil Transportation: Comparing the Safety of Pipelines and Railways —was published by consultant group Oliver Wyman last month, and was commissioned by the Railway Association of Canada (RAC). Source: Oliver Wyman. Click to enlarge. Prior to 2012, rail moved less than 6,000 tank cars of fuel oil and crude oil per year.

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LG Chem to supply Li-ion battery modules for AES Advancion energy storage; 1 GWh of capacity

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AES Energy Storage and LG Chem have entered a multi-year agreement that provides access to a gigawatt-hour (GWh) of lithium-ion battery capacity with the option to procure additional capacity for the AES Advancion energy storage solution. The agreement covers the supply of several of LG Chem’s battery modules that have been designed and configured for AES’ Advancion grid-scale energy storage solution.

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Continental to demonstrate dynamic eHorizon technology during CES; Connected Energy Management and Blind Curve Warning

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Continental will demonstrate its latest generation of eHorizon technology during CES next month in Las Vegas. Continental will show with two use cases based on dynamic eHorizon technology—Connected Energy Management and Blind Curve Warning—how data from the cloud can predict the road ahead, ultimately reducing fuel consumption and making vehicles safer. Both demonstrations will be conducted on public roads in Las Vegas.

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Audi deploys Microchip’s MOST150 technology in new Audi A4 sedan’s Virtual Cockpit

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Microchip Technology , a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced that Audi is using MOST technology to network the high-end Audi virtual cockpit system in the latest model year of its best-selling A4 Sedans. This follows a similar deployment in its Q7 SUV and TT Coupe models.

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6 new EVgo fast charging locations in Salt Lake City; 100th station in California

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EVgo and multiple site host partners have installed Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast-Charging EVgo Stations at 6 Salt Lake City, Utah area locations. The chargers will give EV drivers the ability to recharge their vehicles in 30 minutes or less. The 100 th EVgo Freedom Station in California also recently opened to the public and is the nation’s largest publicly-available multi-standard (CHAdeMO and DC Fast Combo) fast charging site.

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DOE to issue funding opportunity for advancements in algal biomass yield, Phase 2

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The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will issue , on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2).”.

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GM invests $356M in Flint, Saginaw and Grand Rapids engine/component operations; commits to $1B investment in Michigan by 2030

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General Motors will invest more than $356 million in a new engine line in Flint and driveline and powertrain components in Saginaw and Grand Rapids, creating more than 50 jobs and helping to retain nearly 500 positions. The Michigan investment announcements come on the same day as an amended agreement between GM and the Michigan Strategic Fund under the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit program.

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Opel to begin publishing WLTP fuel consumption numbers in Q2 2016; improving SCR for NOx reductions

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Beginning in Q2 2016, and in addition to the official fuel consumption and CO 2 information, Opel will start publishing fuel consumption numbers recorded under the WLTP cycle, starting with the new Astra. In addition, Opel’s diesel engineers have recently started working on an initiative to implement NO x emission improvements on SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) diesel applications.

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Jaguar returns to motorsport with team entry in Formula E; Williams Advanced Engineering technical partner

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Jaguar is returning to global motorsport with a team entry in the FIA Formula E Championship in the autumn of 2016. The company said that FIA Formula E—the first global single-seater championship for electric-powered cars—offers a unique opportunity for Jaguar Land Rover to further the development of future EV powertrain including motor and battery technology.

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Analysis of EV charging in Ireland suggests public fast-charging infrastructure may become commercially viable in short- to medium term

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A study of EV charging behavior by a team at Trinity College Dublin has found that, from the household data available, EV users prefer to carry out the majority of their charging at home in the evening—the period of highest demand on the electrical grid indicating that incentivization may be required to shift charging away from this peak grid demand period. In their study, published in the journal Energy Policy, they also found that.

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EIA ups total shale oil resource estimate by 13% to 419B barrels, shale gas by 4% to 7576 Tcf

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The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) continues to expand its assessment of technically recoverable shale oil and shale natural gas resources around the world. The addition of four countries—Chad, Kazakhstan, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—to a previous assessment covering 42 countries has resulted in a 13% increase in the global assessed total resource estimate for shale oil and a 4% increase for shale gas.

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